AKINBIYI FACTFILE

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

Born: Hack­ney, 1974 (Age 39) 1993-98: A trainee at Nor­wich City, Akinbiyi made 51 ap­pear­ances – largely from the bench – and scor ed three goals be­fore join­ing Gilling­ham for a record £250,000 in 1997. He more than re­paid the out­lay, net­ting 29 goals in 68 games to seal a £1.2m switch to Bris­tol City in 1998. 1998-2002: Another 21 goals in 47 games led to a £3.5m move to Wolves in 1998, but ten months later Premier League Le­ices­ter spent £5.5m to take Akinbiyi to the Walk­ers as a re­place­ment for Emile Heskey. It didn’t work out, with the striker net­ting just 11 times in two years. 2002-2006: A £2.2m switch to Palace failed to spark an up­tur n in form but a loan move to Stoke saw Akinbiyi score on the fi­nal day of the 2002-03 sea­son to keep the Pot­ters in the sec­ond tier. A per­ma­nent move was fol­lowed by a player of the year award, and a £600,000 switch to Burn­ley, where he scored 16 goals in 39 games to win cult her o sta­tus. 2006-2010: Signed by Sh­effield United for £1.75m in Jan­uary 2006, Akinibiyi scored three times as the Blades won au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the Premier League. How­ever, after play­ing only a hand­ful of games, he re­joined Burn­ley in 2007. After ten goals in 70 games, the striker moved to MLS side Hous­ton Dy­namo be­for e see­ing out his ca­reer with Notts County. 2013-present: In 2013, Akinbiyi signed with Con­fer­ence North side Col­wyn Bay as a player-coach along­side for­mer Burn­ley team-mate Frank Sinclair. How­ever, he has since re­tired and now fo­cuses on coach­ing.

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